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WATER: Limits on resources do matter

Letter by William R. Catton Jr., Lakewood on June 10, 2011 at 11:57 am | 3 Comments »
June 10, 2011 12:07 pm

Re: “Knight’s water war with Yelm is one worth fighting” (editorial, 6-9).

There was a profoundly important sentence in the editorial: “If local governments can’t prove they have enough water to accommodate the new growth, then they shouldn’t permit it.”

This comes impressively close to acknowledging two fundamental ecological concepts:  an environment’s carrying capacity and a limiting factor. It recognizes woes that result from overload, or a carrying capacity deficit.

The same ideas are applicable nationally and globally, as eloquently shown by Thomas Friedman in a June 7 New York Times column, headlined “The Earth Is Full.”


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